424 UFE OF mission given you for the arrangement of the museum, with great interest., and give my fall approbation to the arrangements made tinder your direction. I have found all your propositions appropriate, and have re- quested the minister of religion and instruction to give his attention to their practicability,, and then report to me on the subject. As a proof of my con- tinued good willy and in acknowledgment of your former services to the state, I have elected you to my Black Eagle order^ of which I send you the insignias. I wish5 at the same time., that your health may permit you again to take part in the labours of the council of state. In this hope., I have announced to the council your renewed participation in its labours and its deliberations, Berlin^ 15th September^ 1830. — FBEDEBIC WILLIAM/* This re-appointment to the council of state was, in reality, only a kind of restoration. Humboldt did not return to the active service of the state, nor did he draw Ms pension. But the mere re -appointment caused great joy among the public, though only on account of the expectations it excited ; for it was hoped this appointment would merely be the first stepj and that Humboldt would return to the minis- try. The report was even spread that he had been entrusted with the plan of a constitution. But nothing of this was fulfilled ; this would have beea a reform in -the system of which the old king never thought, although the critical foreign circumstances must have reminded him of Ms former promises. It is also not probable tibat Humboldt would have left liis favourite labours,, and undertaken the burdens of a ministry again, unless tke 'Condition of his country should have imperiously demanded the sacrifice. Humboldt^ however^ regularly attended the meet- ings of the council of etate3 and was, with two others, even appointed a comnoifetee for foreign affairs ; but the office was entirely a1 Bt0nentity> as the minister for foreign afiairs took care to consult Humboldt on matters which it was well known that he would oppose.